As You Like It William Shakespeare As You Like It is a pastoral comedy written by William Shakespeare, in 1599 or early 1600. As You Like It was listed in the Stationers’ Register, the period equivalent of copyright, in August 1600. No printed copy of it is known prior to the publication of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s collected works in 1623. The real life village of Hampton-in-Arden was used as the setting for the play.
Shakespeare drew the story for As You Like It from a story called “Rosalynde, Euphues’ Golden Legacy” written by Thomas Lodge and published in 1590. In Shakespeare’s version, Frederick has usurped the Duchy and exiled his older brother, referred to only as the Duke. The Duke’s daughter Rosalind has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend of Frederick’s only child, Celia. Orlando, a young gentleman of the duchy who has fallen in love with Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver.